Drone Footage of Ester Community Park

Our beautiful Ester Park! Drone footage by Ryan Osborne with Mark Simpson.
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2020 Independence Day Celebrations Cancelled

The 2020 Ester Fourth of July parade will be cancelled. We’re sure that the Red Hackle band will return again in the future, as they have for more than 30 years.

The Ester Community Association is canceling the Fourth of July parade and picnic this year in the interest of the health and safety of our community. We love Ester and want to keep you safe. Please know that we regret having to cancel and look forward to future celebrations!

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ECA Spring Updates

Hartung Hall work day Saturday, May 16

Starting at noon on Saturday, May 16 we will have a spring clean-up session at Hartung Hall. Please bring gloves, rakes etc. and help us spruce-up our historic community hall.

We need to:

  • clean out the gutters
  • rake around the hall,
  • pick up any trash
  • wash the windows inside and out
  • vacuum the entry rug
  • check and clean the outhouse
  • paint touch-up inside if need be
  • prepare the deck for staining.

Ester Community Park Clean-up Saturday, May 30th

Park clean-up day will be on Saturday, May 30, 2020 starting at 10 a.m.
Please come help with the annual chores of:

  • raking leaves,
  • general cleanup
  • stage prep
  • weed whacking
  • sweeping the basketball court
  • tree trimming
  • painting
  • organizing
  • and more!

We will post a list of chores on the shed, and you can pick the job that suits you (and your kids) best! 

We have many different areas throughout the park that need work, and can maintain safe distancing if we all keep from working closely with people outside our homes. Food and beverages will be provided for volunteers “take-out” style to picnic in the park.

Please dress for weather and outdoor work, bring rakes, shovels, gloves and a good attitude! This is always a really great day of working together as neighbors to make our Ester Community Park the awesome place we love! Look forward to seeing you there!

ECA Spring Membership Meeting, June 14

We are holding the ECA Spring Meeting outdoors at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 14 at the Ester Community Park. We have plenty of room for distancing, pending any applicable state health mandates. The board will provide updates on planned projects and improvements, and discuss summer and fall plans. We believe it most unlikely that Fourth of July will be celebrated – not in its traditional form – but would like the opportunity for community input for alternative community engagement.

(TBD) Ester Fest – July 25

While we are still making contingency plans in case we can safely hold a limited Ester Fest July 25, we are likely cancelling the July event. A final decision will be made mid-June.

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It’s time to be counted!

Every ten years, the United States conducts its Census with one big task in mind: to count every resident. The 2020 Census started in Alaska April 1.

The Census is used to determine how federal funds are distributed to communities like ours; how we are represented in Juneau and Washington, DC; and how nonprofits like ours serve the community. For the first time ever, the government will be requesting that households respond to the Census online. In the near future, your household will be receiving a notice from the U.S. Census Bureau that contains instructions for completing the survey. Please look out for the letter and keep it so that you can participate.

The Census offers a unique opportunity to have your voice heard and counted, so make sure you plan to complete the Census in 2020.

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Spring Chili Feed

Chili Feed March 14 2020

Help raise funds to purchase the Ester Community Park!

Saturday March 14, 2- 8 p.m. at the Golden Eagle Saloon

The annual Chili Feed is a celebration of spring in Ester. Go play at the park, or on the hills and trails around Ester, and then join community members for chili, cornbread and dessert at the Golden Eagle. Enjoy live music while you eat!

You must be 21+ or with legal guardian.
Suggested donation $10 individual; $25 family.

Donations of chili, cornbread and desserts are always welcome!!

For more information contact Monique Musick at [email protected] or post questions on the Facebook event or ECA page.

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Spring is in the air!

The days are getting longer and Spring is in the air. We have some great activities coming up in the coming months. We hope to see you out and about!

Save the date!

  • Spring Chili Feed – March 14, 2020
  • Easter Egg Hunt – April 12, 2020
  • Spring Clean-up – May TBD
  • ECA Spring meeting – May 26, 2020
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5th Annual Ester Ice Breaker

Saturday, November 16, 2019
12 noon – 4 p.m.
Ester Community Park

The 5th Annual Ester Icebreaker is the official opening of the Ester Community Park ice rink for 2019. The family fun day features ice skating, winter games, warming fires, hot drinks, soups and chowder, hot dogs and s’mores. Grab your skates, friends, family and neighbors and come down to the Ester park for an afternoon of winter festivities! Please dress appropriately for outdoor fun!

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Halloween Trick or Treating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Halloween in Ester! Meet at Hartung Hall starting at 6 p.m.

Groups sorted by age will set out approx. 6:30 to go trick-or-treating in the village, down Alpha Way to the Haunted Driveway, House on the Hill and other local haunts. All ages.

Please dress appropriately for walking outside.

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2019 Fall Membership Meeting

The annual fall membership meeting will be held Sunday, September 22 at 4 p.m. at Hartung Hall.

We will be electing board members as well as providing updates on the year’s activities. Annual membership must be renewed in order to vote in elections. You can become a new member or renew for $10 at the meeting. See you there!

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Ester 4th of July Parade and Potluck Pig Roast

Interior Alaska’s quirkiest way to celebrate Independence!

THE PARADE:
The parade begins at the corner of Ester Loop and Main Street, progresses down Main Street to the Judges’ stand (across from the Golden Eagle Saloon) then follows Village Road to the Old Nenana, past the post office to the park. Sign-up and line-up at 11 a.m. Marching begins at noon! (Bribes for judges are strongly encouraged!)

THE PIG
We recently built and tested a new Cuban-style roaster and it is incredible!! Thanks to a generous donation we will once again feature a delicious pig with this year’s picnic/potluck.

THE POTLUCK & PICNIC
The potluck is a critical fundraiser for the Ester Community as well as a great way to picnic. Bring generously sized potluck items to the community park immediately following the parade. In addition to a truly incredible pig, the ECA provides burgers and dogs. Donations above costs support the Ester Community Park purchase and operation! Suggested donations are $5 kids, $15 adults, $35 family.

Looking for something lighter? We have limited items available a la carte. Skip the food line and head straight to the grill for:
Hamburger -$4
Hot dog – $2
Water/Soda – $1

THE PICNIC, MUSIC & GAMES
There will be live music and a great field to enjoy picnicing and games. Planning to bring your own food instead of potlucking? Please consider leaving a donation in the “appreciation station” by the gazebo to help support the park which offers such enjoyment for so many families for all these years. Or branch out this year and participate in the community potluck. The more who participate the better it is for all!

MEMBERSHIP
The Fourth of July is a great time to contribute to the community by becoming a member of the Ester Community Association. Annual membership is $10, or $25 family.

VOLUNTEER
Want to help? Send an e-mail to [email protected] and the volunteer coordinator will help line out ways you can help including set-up, food table management, grill mastering, clean-up and other duties. Thanks!

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